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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged Box on: October 23, 2007 11:04:06 AM
I made this box for the "Craft my Theme" swap.  My partner's theme was religious icons, and I wanted to make a box that was reminiscent of an old icon covered in layers and layers of varnish.  You can't tell in the picture, but I applied a bunch of layers of modge podge and left the brush strokes obvious.  This was my first decoupage project in years (since childhood, actually), so I didn't really expect it to turn out as I saw it in my head.  I was pleasantly surprised when I was actually really happy with the end result!

Top of the box, with reproductions of an icon and a piece of an illuminated manuscript (sorry for the low quality pictures; they were taken at night):

Inside (the inside and outside bottom are lined in felt):

Closeup of the inside icon:

I think I might need to make another one for myself!
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Peek-a-BOO on: October 01, 2007 04:08:20 PM
Here is my entry - "Halloween Voyeur"

and a detail:

I apologize for the quality of the photos - it's gloomy here and I had to use the flash (alas, I don't have a scanner).  I also seem to have taken the first one at an angle; I promise that it is actually a rectangle. 

My goal for this card was to transform cute vintage images into a mildly unsettling scene.  I think I succeeded in unsettling myself, at least!
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Sealant Over Modge Podge? on: September 30, 2007 05:08:33 PM
Sorry if this has been asked before; I did a search, but came up with nothing helpful.  It seems like the type of question that would have been asked before, however, so maybe I'm just searching-impaired.

Anyway, I'm working on a decoupaged jewelry/trinket box that will be given as a gift (i.e. I want the final product to be fairly high-quality and to last for a decent amount of time).  I've done the decoupaging with Modge Podge, but I'm worried about the lid of the box sticking to the body of the box and tearing off bits of paper as it is in use.  Is there a good sealant I could put over the Modge Podge to eliminate tackiness?   

Also, how many coats of Modge Podge do you usually use on a Decoupage project?

Thanks for any help!
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Jersey Dress for Fall - *Edit* Now with Tutorial! on: September 16, 2007 02:38:03 PM
I have a party to go to tonight, but I woke up this morning and realized that the summery outfit I had planned wasn't going to work (basically, fall came overnight here).  So, I grabbed some bargain bin fabric and whipped this up this afternoon (okay, "whipped" is totally a lie; it took me all afternoon, one run to Jo Ann's for suitable ribbon, and even a few tears when I thought I had made an irreparable mistake while cutting).  This is the first thing I've designed and made myself, rather than following a pattern or someone else's tutorial.  I'm not a proficient sewer at all, so I'm really proud of it.  I only half believed it would turn out wearable.

The ribbon at the waist ties in a bow in back, the ribbon around the hem ties on the side (I feel like a present in it!).  You can wear the bodice one of three ways - with the straps tied low to make a sweetheart neckline (shown - this can be modified by fanning out the fabric over your shoulders to make cap sleeves), with the straps tied at the top of your shoulders to make a V neckline, or with the straps untied to make short sleeves.  Tonight I'm going to wear it with a thin cream sweater and brown tights underneath.  Toasty!

Comments would make my day!

*Edit Edit Edit*

Okay, here is the tutorial!  It really is very simple; I'm sure that a good seamstress could make it in no time at all.  This isn't exactly the way that I made mine, but this way should be easier and should make the final product look neater (I'm definitely going to make another version using this method).  Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions (FYI - In the pictures, red denotes the seam you are sewing, green denotes already-sewn seems, and blue denotes the ribbon).

To make this dress, you need:

For the bodice:
Four rectangles of fabric wide enough to cover half your chest, long enough to cover from the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your chest (dont forget seam allowances!). 

For the skirt:
Two rectangles of fabric four times as wide as each of the bodice rectangles, and long enough to cover from just under you chest to your knees (or however long you want it).

Also: Two pieces of 1.5 wide ribbon, one long enough to wrap around your chest and tie, one twice as long as one of the skirt rectangles.  One piece of 1 or 5/8 wide ribbon, long enough to run inside of the ribbon around the hem and tie into a bow (the same length plus a few inches would probably work). 

Plus, a few scraps of fabric for tying the straps.

To construct the dress:

1.  Sew two of the bodice rectangles together a few inches up the middle (I did 3.25).  Repeat with the other two.  Now you have the front and back of the bodice.

2.  Sew the bodice front to the bodice back by placing the pieces on top of each other (correct sides together) and stitching up each side a few inches (I did 3). 

3. Stitch across the top of the rectangles to make shoulder straps (but not all the way across, leave the two rectangles on the left separate from the two rectangles on the right, so that your head can go in between!).

Now you have your completed bodice.  Set it aside for a minute.

4. Put the two skirt rectangles correct side together, and stitch up both sides to make the skirt.

5. Okay, now it gets a little tricky.  You need to attach the skirt, which is twice as wide as the bodice, to the bodice.  I did this with lots of pins.  I pinned the center of the skirt to the center of the bodice, then the quarter marks of the skirt to the quarters of the bodice, and so on, until the entire skirt was gathered up under the bodice.  You can just stitch right on top of the gathers (you dont need to worry about matching correct sides), since the ribbon will cover any mess you make.

6.  Take the first piece of 1.5 wide ribbon.  Wrap it around the chest of the dress, covering the skirt/bodice seam.  You can either sew it all the way around (except a few inches in back to give yourself room to tie), or just tack it in a few places.  Whichever way you attach it, make sure it covers your entire seam.

7. Almost done!  Now, Take the other piece of ribbon.  Sew it around the bottom of the skirt.  Stitch along the top of the ribbon and the bottom of the ribbon to make a channel.  Make the two ends meet on the front right side of the skirt.  Run the narrow ribbon through the channel, pull it tight enough to make the skirt poofy, but still allow you to move, and tie it into a bow. 

8.  Wearing it as it is will give you the look of a V-neckline and short sleeves.  You can tie your scraps of fabric around the straps in different ways to achieve different looks (I described them above). 

Thats it!  Now go wear your cute new dress.

35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wine-fueled Card Making on: September 12, 2007 07:43:03 PM
So I began the evening making perfectly ordinary notecards with some stamps I got this weekend.

Exhibit A: perfectly ordinary stamped notecard

Soon, under the influence of my husband and a glass of wine, chatspeak made an appearance:

And finally, it descended into all out 1337-speak

My husband thinks the inside of this should read, "I heard you got fired.  Sorry."

Well, it's always good to remember that these things shouldn't be taken too seriously  Tongue.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple Menswear Clutch on: September 11, 2007 01:37:42 PM
I needed a bag to carry to a party I'm attending this weekend, so I whipped this up this afternoon with some fabric scraps.  It's a bit messy in a few places (I wasn't paying much attention as I sewed...opps), but I like it.

Front, with a vintage brass button:

Inside, holding my crap:

I used Sweetpea74's awesome technique to put it together (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97552.0).

Thanks for looking!
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My aqua jersey dress on: August 23, 2007 03:25:19 PM
I loved Shleybee's jersey mini dress (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178828.0), so I decided to make my own version this afternoon.  Having reached the age where I no longer have places to wear mini dresses, I made mine a bit longer and a bit looser.  There are still a few little issues to work out, but overall I'm really pleased with it.  My husband and I are going out for sushi tomorrow night, and I think I might even wear it!  I'm teaching myself how to sew and this is my first project that is actually wearable, so I'm happy.   Grin

Here are the pictures!

I'm not sure why the fabric looks so shiny, because it's not actually.  It's just a basic aqua T-shirt jersey with some stretch.  Please disregard me; I'm the most awkward model ever.
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) - UPDATED 8/26 with new veils! on: August 22, 2007 07:28:13 AM
I got such nice comments on my own veil in the "show off your wedding thread" that I decided to post some pictures of veils I've made for other people.  Let me know if you would like instructions for any of them!

Cathedral length veil with alcenon lace edge

Waist-length drop veil with elbow-length blusher, edged in alcenon lace (this is very similar to the veil that I wore for my wedding)

Cathedral-length drop veil with waltz lengh blusher and squared corners

French net flyaway veil

French net birdcage veil

Tulle birdcage veil (I love this one - it's gathered with a brooch in back)

Mantilla veil with venise lace edge

Please ignore me and focus on the veils - I'm a terrible model.  Thanks for looking!

----- UPDATE 8/26 -----
I just wanted to share the two veils I've made for weddings this fall:

First up - waltz length, single layer, edged in 1" organza ribbon.  This veil was actually made from the bride's mother's veil.  It was originally three layers and edged in lace.  The bride wanted to wear her mom's veil, but hoped to modernize and simplify it.  This is what we came up with.  She loves it, so I consider it a success! 

Next, the big project - waist length, two layers, center-gathered, with a hand embroidered and beaded edge.  The embroidery and beading (with tiny faux pearls) was designed to match the bride's dress.  This one was a major undertaking!

39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Pillow to Clutch (my first real post!)... on: August 21, 2007 11:32:54 AM
I recently updated my couch by replacing my old pillows (which had definitely seen better days) with snazzy new ones picked up at West Elm (hooray for massive sales!).  Of course, firmly believing that those who waste not want not, I kept the old pillows to use as material for future craft projects.  Here is the first transformation - from worn out pillow to cute daytime clutch!



In action!

I didn't have any interfacing on hand, so it's a bit floppy, but all of my necessities fit perfectly.  This was more of a learning project than anything (I'm trying to teach myself how to sew), but I might actually carry it. 

Comments would make my day!
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